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Jeff Hawkins

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Jeff Hawkins is an award-winning sportswriter with more than four decades in the industry (print and digital media). A freelance writer/stay-at-home dad since 2008, Hawkins started his career with newspaper stints in Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Upstate New York and Illinois, where he earned the 2004 APSE first-place award for column writing (under 40,000 circulation). As a beat writer, he covered NASCAR Winston Cup events at NHIS (1999-2003), the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks (2003-06) and the NFL's Carolina Panthers (2011-12). Hawkins penned four youth sports books, including a Michael Jordan biography. Hawkins' main hobbies include mountain bike riding, 5k trail runs at the Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., and live music.

Articles by Jeff Hawkins (23)

US Sports Betting 2023: Yahoo Acquires Wagr; March Madness Again Proves Popular; NASCAR Embraces PrizePicks

Yahoo on Tuesday announced it has bolstered its presence in the social sports betting sector by acquiring Nashville-based Wagr.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to TechCrunch.  A three-year startup, Wagr’s business model is focused on developing technology to allow sports fans to place bets with friends and peers, highlighted by online challenges […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  09 Apr 2024
West Virginia Sports Betting: After A Year Of Setbacks, March Signals Handle Boost 

West Virginia is attempting to end a prolonged losing streak.  After suffering a yearly decline in sports betting, the Mountain State’s industry officials are pointing to March’s revenue as a point of optimism.  Small steps, right? March Madness Action Boosts West Virginia’s Handle  West Virginia experienced a 30 percent drop in sports betting handle […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  14 Aug 2023
Missouri Sports Betting: St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III Calling For Action From State Senators

The St. Louis Cardinals are getting impatient.  For too long, Missouri’s sports betting issue has proven to be a non-issue.  For too long, state lawmakers have failed to act on the legislation to legalize additional state tax revenues.  Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, who is flanked by a lobby of casino operators and professional sports […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  03 May 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: As Kentucky Derby Nears, New Regulations Are Being Prepared For Burgeoning Industry

The Kentucky Derby has a long history of pre-race wagering. One hundred and fourth-eight years, to be exact. Future versions will come with added twists. For the first time, in-state horse racing tracks, including Churchill Downs, are poised to become licensed sports betting facilities. 🏇 KENTUCKY DERBY BETTING GUIDE 🏇 The #KentuckyDerby is one week […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  03 May 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: Is NFL Hypocritical For Suspending Players For Gambling Violations?

Jim Miller attempted to make a point, with emphasis.   “You can’t lie in bed with the devil, and not think you’re going to get burned,” the former NFL quarterback told The Associated Press. One NFL franchise, the Washington Commanders, has a sportsbook located inside the confines of FedEx Field. Three others, the Arizona Cardinals, […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  27 Apr 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: New Coalition Consisting Of Professional Leagues Unite To Establish Limits On Advertisements

Professional sports leagues and media outlets are uniting to defeat an emerging rival.  In an effort to combat out-of-bounds advertising of the US sports betting industry, a coalition was formed to act as a watchdog, It intends to not only ensure responsible behavior by athletes, but by front-office personnel, too.  It may be too late […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  23 Apr 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: New York, Maryland Breaking Records; PointsBet Selling Operations

New York’s legalized sports betting industry continues to set records.  During March, the state’s licensed sportsbooks recorded $163.6 million in adjusted gross revenue. The previous mark of $149.4 million was established in January, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.  So far this year, New York State has generated $214.5 million in taxes, including […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  20 Apr 2023
Kentucky Sports Betting: Legalized Wagering In Bluegrass State Could Kick Off By NFL Season

Once Gov. Andy Beshear signed House Bill 551 into law March 31, many Kentucky residents await confirmation on when legalized sports betting will officially launch.   Most are eagerly waiting for the news.   State Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) attempted to give his constituents an update.  EXCLUSIVE: @damon_thayer talks Kentucky sports betting launch. "I have actually spoken […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  19 Apr 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: Happy 4-Year Anniversary, Americans Placed $125B In Legal Bets

Legalized sports gambling in the United States is off to a fast start.  To say the least.  In the four years since federal regulations were lifted on the fledgling industry, Americans have wagered more than $125 billion on sports via legal betting handlers, according to The Associated Press.  With 15-20 states still not “in the […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  18 Apr 2023
US Sports Betting 2023: Prophet Exchange Secures $10M Funding; Amelco, Simplebet Form Partnership; SuperBook Earns Maryland License

With more than $10 million in secured funding, Prophet Exchange plans to expand its offerings.  Prophet Exchange was the United States’ first peer-to-peer sports betting exchange. During its latest funding round, the Hoboken, New Jersey-based company was reportedly backed by three main investors, Chicago Trading Company, MIXI and Ninjabet.  Launched in August 2022, Prophet Exchange […]

Jeff Hawkins  •  14 Apr 2023